When I was given the opportunity some months ago by the chairman of this Section to present a paper before the Association, I was and am still interested in the subject expressed in the title of this paper—"Hospital and Ward Clinical Laboratories." I hesitated, however, in bringing such a subject before you, as I felt that a report upon work done along medical lines would form a more appropriate paper. I submitted this question of the propriety of the subject to your chairman, and upon receiving his approval and encouragement felt reassured.
I feel, nevertheless, that a subject touching the administration of a hospital, as this does, must be discussed by those who have experience in hospital management. The points, therefore, set forth in this paper represent the immediate needs of the visiting physician and teacher; these points, however, must be placed before those who are competent to speak for